All thirteen of Eric Reynold’s career mixed martial arts victories have come by submission or knockout; with twelve coming in the first round. He will look to add another notch to his record when he squares off against submission specialist Jonatas Novaes in the main event of XFC 15 “Tribute” on Friday, December 3rd.
On paper this fight appears to be a classic striker versus grappler battle. Novaes (9-3), Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, has recorded seven of his nine career wins by submission. He will enter the bout on a four fight winning streak which includes a first round armbar submission victory over Reynold’s teammate Ryan Thomas back in May. This fact is not lost on Reynolds who states; “I know he’s got a nice winning streak going and I need to put a stop to that. He beat one of my teammates earlier this year and I’m out for a little revenge.”
Despite Novaes’ grappling credentials, Reynolds (13-5) is more than confident in his preparation and skills no matter if the fight hits the ground or stays standing. “I roll with black belts everyday and I’m not scared to go to the ground with someone like Jonatas. I believe I have the advantage if the fight stays standing and I’d like to get another first round KO and leave Tampa with another W in the win column.”
XFC 15 “Tribute” takes place from the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL. You can catch the event live on HDnet beginning at 9:00pm ET. You can view the full XFC 15 “Tribute” fight card here.